The PBA Difference

Women of Distinction

During its annual Women of Distinction luncheon, Palm Beach Atlantic University honors women who cherish community and family and want to preserve these ideals for others. The event is a PBA traditionPalm Beach Altantic Women of Distinction 2017 for more than 20 years, and proceeds from the luncheon benefit a scholarship fund for deserving female students. During the 2018 luncheon, we honored Candy Carson and Bonnie McElveen-Hunter. 

Women of Distinction 2019 will be held at The Breakers on Tuesday, February 19. 

Recap of Women of Distinction 2018

2018 Honorees

2018 Women of Distinction Honoree Candy Carson at Palm Beach Atlantic University

Candy Carson is an author, philanthropist and musician. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Carson grew up in a lower-middle-class family that stressed strong values and hard work. Those traits led her to earn a scholarship to Yale University where she studied music and psychology. Carson played first violin with the Yale Bach Society and Yale Symphony, which traveled to Austria to perform the European premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” with the Vienna Boys Choir. While in college, Carson met her future husband, Ben Carson, a former neurosurgeon who is the current Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

2018 Women of Distinction Palm Beach Atlantic Honoree Bonnie McElveen-Hunter

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter is the founder and CEO of Pace, the largest independently owned custom content agency in the nation, serving Fortune 500 and leading companies including Walmart, Wells Fargo, Verizon, Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and Southwest Airlines. McElveen-Hunter was appointed as the first woman national chairman of the board of the American Red Cross in 2004, and is currently serving her fourth term. She co-founded The Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders, which has grown to include 63 chapters nationwide and has raised nearly $100 million dollars for the American Red Cross.



More about the 2018 Honorees

2017-2018 Co-Chairs

This year we are honored to have two former Women of Distinction as co-chairs for the 2018 event, Eileen Burns and Frances Fisher. Click here to read about the co-chairs


2017 Women of Distinction Recap

Learn About Past Honorees